God gifted my mother with endless talent and ability, and He wanted to use her to do mighty things for His kingdom on earth—to reach countless souls for Christ, to raise a good family, to be an exceptional wife and mother.
But Satan kept her from discovering her godly purpose. He seduced and
distracted her at an early age, introducing her to the world of the
occult, shielding her from the truth of God’s Word. By bringing my
mother into a dark and evil world, Satan kept her from embracing the
blessings that God had in store for her. He bound her, blinded her, and
beat her into submission. She lived most of her life in
chains—imprisoned by the Evil One, completely unaware of the goodness
and mercy of God.
The day my mother broke free from Satan’s curse was the day that she
finally began to see what God had planned for her life. She became a
different person. Her eyes were opened for the first time, and she could
see! She saw the hate and violence that she had lived with, and it was
abhorrent to her. It sickened her to think of the way she had treated
her family, the love she had withheld, the sin that had held her
Those beautiful green eyes that once had looked at me with such
vengeance and hatred were suddenly filled with love. The tension in her
face lifted, and a tremendous peace came over her. Jesus came into her
heart and took away every ounce of fear, every hint of hate, every
lasting shade of darkness and despair. He changed her completely.
Finally my mother was able to embrace her purpose, her calling, her
glorious future before God.
For the final twenty-five years of my mother’s life, she lived in
God’s blessing and favor. She became the person He had created her to
be—a wonderful wife and mother. Everyone she met was blessed by her
kindness and her friends didn’t even recognize her. She was no longer
the person I had grown up with. Her life was completely transformed by
Nicky Cruz, internationally known
evangelist and prolific author, turned to Jesus Christ from a life of
violence and crime after meeting David Wilkerson in New York City in
1958. The story of his dramatic conversion was told first in The Cross and the Switchblade by David Wilkerson and then later in his own best-selling book Run, Baby, Run.